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Its not unusual for a student to fixate on a single course and refuse to look beyond it. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

My daughter is anxiously awaiting the outcome of her Leaving Cert “calculated grades” and has her mind set firmly on one course offered in NUI Galway.(...)

Teachers’ unions have a written guarantee from the Department of Education  that teachers are providing predicted grades on a one-off basis only because of the current pandemic.

“Teachers will predict the grades of their own students and there will be no Leaving Cert exam” – if you’d suggested this at the start of 2020, teache(...)

Leaving Cert grades are due to be issued as close as possible to the traditional date in mid-August. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Secondary schools are due to begin sending calculated grades for more than 60,000 Leaving Cert students to the Department of Education from this week.(...)

Leaving Cert 2020: There are sure to be losers in this teacher-based assessment process. File photograph: The Irish Times

Second-level teachers will have weeks to determine the “calculated grade” each student will secure in a school-based, nationally standardised, assessm(...)

The minimum entry requirement for apprenticeships  – managed through the State training agency Solas  – is for a a learner to have achieved the Junior Cert/Junior Cycle. Photograph: iStock

My son in third year has always wanted to be an electrician and is determined to leave school before the Leaving Cert and start an apprenticeship. Giv(...)

A spokesman for the Department of Education said the Government was still planning to proceed with Leaving Cert exams on July 29th, subject to public health advice.

A contingency plan for awarding grades to Leaving Certificate students in the event that summer exams are cancelled is being actively examined by seni(...)

A  student wearing a mask takes part in a final secondary school exam in Hong Kong. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

Authorities should consider requiring Leaving Cert students to wear face masks and to observe strict social distancing rules when exams get underway i(...)

The Minister for Education Joe McHugh said that he had spoken to his British counterpart Gavin Williamson over concerns for  4,000 Irish applicants for UK college places this year.

The Leaving Certificate exams will start on July 29th, Minister for Education Joe McHugh has confirmed. He told the Dáil that the formal timetable wo(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has asked schools to hold off cancelling Junior Cycle tests due next September until discussions take place with representatives of students, parents and schools. Photograph: iStock

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has asked schools to hold off cancelling Junior Cycle tests due next September until discussions take place with rep(...)

If after further weeks online and back in school it’s not possible to hold exams, what’s plan B? For everybody’s sanity a further extension is simply not an option. File photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

The Minister for Education has had to make difficult decisions to provide certainty to Leaving Cert students, postponing exams to August. By August we(...)

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